Something awful but exquisite happened in my town, the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz yesterday or the day before. The driver of a Prius assaulted a skateboarder with a machete. I knew it: People who want ardently to save the environment are packing weapons, not kind of impersonal weapons like a handgun, but weapons with blades, blades that you can feel cutting into the enemy’s flesh!
I thank KSCO, the local radio station where I had a talk-show for three years for reporting the news in its fulness. Another station would have censored the info about the kind of car the would-be murderer was driving as if it were irrelevant. It’s relevant that it was a Prius, of course, the obligatory car of those who think global warming is raising the ocean level higher in some places than in others.
Incidentally: I like the idea behind the Prius, the idea of a hybrid engine recuperating the energy always wasted by internal combustion engines. It’s the the Prius as a cultural and political phenomenon I despise. Prius owners are going to keep me driving a pick-up truck beyond the time it’s reasonable or economical to do so. Likewise, the anti-smoking campaign kept me smoking longer than my judgment allowed. I wonder if anyone is keeping tab of counterproductive propaganda.